Study explains why long-term couples tend to look-alike

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  • A study has been conducted to see why couples who have spent years together tend to look-alike
  • It showed that shared emotions and expression form physical similarities between two individuals
  • Researchers also noted that people who are in a relationship unconsciously mimic each other

Most couples, especially those who have spent years together, often hear others say that they almost look the same with their partners.

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Is it because of the time they have spent together? Or is it because people are attracted to someone that matches their physical appearance?

A report from Time Magazine cited a study that explains why this phenomenon is popular to couples.

The study was conducted back in 1987 by researchers from the University of Michigan and its result is something scientists still recognize until this modern day and age.

Researchers have found out that married couples tend to look-alike due to the “decades of shared emotions resulting in a closer resemblance due to similar wrinkles and expressions.” After all the years they have spent together, they begin to unconsciously mimic each other’s expressions which shape their faces similarly.

People may also get naturally attracted to others similar to them, according to the author of Tell Me What You Want.

“What is familiar to us tends to be what we like and are drawn to,” said Indianapolis-based social psychologist Justin Lehmiller. This idea even affects how couples look at their partner’s physical attribute.

“You’re familiar with your own appearance, so seeing other people who share those similar sorts of traits might lead to more liking for that reason,” Lehmiller said.

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It is hard to predict whether someone would end up with a partner that would look similar. However, Time Magazine noted that travelling farther and meeting new friends gives one an opportunity to know more people from different backgrounds. It helps them find a partner that is not within their social circle or immediate environment.